In every Christmas gathering, there is almost always a bottle of wine or any alcoholic drink present. Whether it be a gift or a drink for everyone, there just seems to be something about wines that makes a holiday gathering feel more special.
And now that the season is nearing, many have been trying to get their hands on the best bottles of wine and grazing boxes available in the market. This is most evident with the rise in demand and popularity of wine and cheese boards— which people have been posting on their social media accounts lately. (Read: What Are the Christmas Food Staples in the Vatican?) But what actually is a wine and cheese board?
As the name implies, it’s wine paired with a board of different cheeses, cured meats, olives, and other good stuff that goes well with wine. And because there are so many options to choose from, it can be quite understandable for one to be confused about which is best to pick and put on their cheeseboard.
So to ease your holiday woes, My Pope Philippines gives you a pairing guide to having an enjoyable wine and cheese session!
Soft Cheese + White/Sparkling Wine Pairings
Sparkling wine does not necessarily have the strongest taste which is why it’s best to pair it with a cheese that has a mild taste so one doesn’t overpower the other. It would not be that good to the taste if you combine a strong cheese and sparkling or white wine or vice-versa. Try combining Brie or Boursin cheese with Champagne or Merlot!
Aged Cheese + Full-bodied Wine Pairings
Full-bodied wines are those that have 13.5% or greater alcohol content, just like Cabernet Savignon and Zinfandel. They have a richer mouthfeel and more complex taste compared to other wines. Aged cheeses like cheddar, parmigiano reggiano, and pecorino– which are aged for six or more months— are the best options for full-bodied wines. (Read: Pope Goes Practical With Christmas Basket, Opts for Medicine Instead of Wine)
Blue Cheese + Strong, Sweet Wine Pairings
Admittedly, blue cheese is not preferred by many because of how it looks and tastes— strong and salty. But if you’re one who likes it, it would be best to pair it with a strong and sweet wine to counter the saltiness. Try going for a Moscato, Eiswein, or Port.